NAMFREL HAILS FILIPINOS FOR EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE AND FOR A GENERALLY PEACEFUL ELECTION

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections noted that the 2013 National Elections was generally peaceful and organized. Over 50,000 Namfrel volunteers around the country have been continuously sending incident reports to the NAMFREL National Headquarters located at the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Building at Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. NAMFEL National Chairperson Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo said “We are happy to note the enthusiasm and patience of voters who braved the long queues and heat. We would like to thank our volunteers, and most especially the BEIs and PNP, who performed their duties as Filipinos in ensuring a clean and peaceful election.” A few…

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BISHOP VOTES USING AUTOMATED MACHINE DESPITE DOUBTS OF ACCURACY

A Catholic bishop who urged for a manual count this May 2013 election has practiced his right to vote through an automated poll at the Isabelo de los Reyes Elementary School, Tondo, Manila. Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Bishop Broderick Pabillo chose to vote though he was not sure if it will be counted, due to the lack of Source Code Review. “Ang sinabi naming manual count ay para dapat masigurado ang pagbilang niyan. Ngayon bumoto ako nakalagay dun “CONGRATULATIONS YOUR VOTE HAS BEEN REGISTERED”, di…

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APPEAL TO THE DIOCESAN SOCIAL ACTION CENTERS

Dear friends at DSAC, Greetings from NASSA! Just a few days to Election Day (13 May)! We are sure you are all busy with related work in the Arch/Dioceses in preparation for it. Various efforts on voters education, conscience and principled decision on who to vote based on candidates position on issues that affect you, awareness and preparation for the actual voting, possible problems with machine, etc., are now culminating to the “final exam” on Monday. Regarding election day itself, we understand that you have already made agreements or signed MOA, etc. with different watchdog groups (PPCRV, NAMFREL, etc.) to…

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PRIEST CHIDES SENATOR OVER HIS SPEECH TO GRADUATES

A Catholic priest chided an outgoing senator because of his speech delivered before graduates of a state university in Quezon City. CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action executive secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said that Senator Edgardo Angara’s speech delivered before graduates of the University of the Philippines batch 2013 was the height of hypocrisy and only proved his double-sided character. “He is a fraud and pretends to be the champion of the Filipino middle class when in fact, his actions say otherwise. We wonder how he can say one thing and then do something else,” Gariguez rebuking Angara following the…

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JOB VACANCY

  CBCP-NASSA/ Caritas Philippines, the advocacy and development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, is in need of the following: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Graduate of any 4-year course in management, organizational development, public or business administration, or related fields; Background in general admin work required; Experience working with Church, NGO or POs preferred; Excellent inter-personal skills in handling people with diverse personalities; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; prepare progress reports and statements; with knowledge in computer operation and MS applications; Ability to organize events and functions; Ability to establish and maintain effective and satisfactory…

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ANGARA AND THE PLIGHT OF THE MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR IN CASIGURAN

Outgoing Sen. Edgardo Angara’s speech delivered before graduates of the University of the Philippines batch 2013 was the height of hypocrisy and only proved his double-sided character, CBCP-NASSA Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez said on May 7. “He is a fraud! He pretends to be the champion of the Filipino middle class when in fact, his actions say otherwise. We wonder how he can say one thing and then do something else,” Fr. Gariguez rebuked Angara following the senator’s call on the new Iskolar ng Bayan graduates to “build and expand” the middle class. Fr. Gariguez said that on the…

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NASSA OFFICIAL BACKS DIGITEL EMPLOYEES ON LABOR ISSUE

The National Executive Secretary of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace has declared his support in regards to the ongoing labor issue of the Digitel employees against Telecommunication Giants. “We are willing to help in any way we can,” said Fr. Edu Gariguez in an interview. He added they received a report stated that the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has recently acquired the Digital Telecommunications Phil., Inc.  (DIGITEL) as the deal was —PLDT “bought” Digitel in exchange for the 12 percent shares from PLDT Holdings to DJ Summit Holdings, the parent company of Digitel…

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NASSA LAUNCHES PROJECT TO EMPOWER WOMEN

The National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) together with the Caritas Korea has recently launched a project aimed to empower the women in agriculture through the Social Enterprise and Self-Help Groups (SHeG Approach) held on May 1 to 3 at the Cebu Business Hotel, Cebu City. “The Self-Help Groups or SHeG is also known as mutual help, mutual aid, or support groups. It’s an informal association of poor women in a community usually composed of 15 to 20 members, voluntarily coming together to make small regular savings contributions over a few months until there is enough capital…

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BISHOP URGES MANUAL COUNT ON MAY POLL

A Parallel Manual Count was urged by a Catholic Bishop for this coming May 2013 poll as the Commission on Election Chairman Sixto Brillantes admitted that this year’s election won’t have a Source Code Review. The CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace Chairman, Bishop Broderick Pabillo cited not to rely on precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for it has no assurance with its process. Some points stated by Bishop Pabillo were, the PCOS machines had no Digital signature, no built in ultra violet scanner, it has no voter verification, and there ‘should be a source code review’…

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CARITAS TURNS INMATES INTO ‘PRISONERS OF ART’

Inmates of National Bilibid Prison (NBP) became the ‘Prisoners of Art’ Through the Restorative Justice (RJ) Programs of Caritas Manila. The latter has recently showcases art pieces and products made by the inmates and urban poor communities in some malls dubbed as “Restoring Dignity Through Art” held this April. This is a social entrepreneurial undertaking of Caritas RJ where Caritas helps by selling the Inmates’ Artworks through Caritas Margins and earn income for their families. The said program not only adheres for the prisoner’s financial support for their loved ones, but it also seeks for the prisoner’s justice in bringing…

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